Ann Ziff's Environmental Philanthropy

The Bill and Ann Ziff Foundation, founded in the name of the late William B. Ziff Jr. and run by his second wife Ann Ziff, is mostly known for its music philanthropy, but has been engaged in some conservation funding as well. The Ziff foundation gives the majority of its gifts to New York-based institutions but that is not the case when it comes to their environmental grantmaking.

Let's take a closer look at what the foundation has been up to.

From 2011 through 2013, the foundation gave $25,000 to New York City's Central Park Conservancy each year. It's also an organization that has received $500,000 from Robert Ziff, William's son, as part of a five-year pledge. In contrast, the largest sums of money coming out of the Bill and Ann Ziff Foundation have gone to Florida environmental outfits.

Ann Ziff is also on the board of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a large botanic garden outside of Miami, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants including cycads, flowering trees and vines. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden received $75,000 from the foundation in 2013, $250,000 the year prior.

Another in organization in South Florida that has received a steady stream of funding is McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary, which treats sick and injured animals. Grants to the sanctuary have generally been $10,000 annually for the past few years.

The Ziff family has property in Aspen, Colorado, and in recent years the foundation only given to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.  

Finally, the foundation has given to a few national outfits like Conservation International, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Alliance for Climate Protection.